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Sumter Cucumber

Sumter Cucumber Seeds

Sumter Cucumber Seeds

Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! Paperback – February 11, 2009
by Carleen Madigan - ISBN-13: 978-1603421386

Sumter cucumber was bred from the Polaris cucumber for additional disease resistance. [1] It is an ideal pickler and like most pickling cucumbers is also suitable as a fresh cucumber for slicing and snacking.

The cucumbers are slightly tapered, with white spines and a medium green fruit. It is Widely adapted for northern or southern climates. For pickling it is best harvested before it reaches it's full size of roughly 5 inches. This not only yields a perfect pickle sized cucumber, but coaxes the plant to produce more.

Germination 7 10 days.

Soil Temperature should be 70 - 90 F for best results

Color Dark to Medium Green

Mature Plant Height/Spread 3.5 - 5 Feet

Plant Spacing 8-12 Inches

Row Spacing 5-6 Ft.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4-12

Fruit Size 3-6 inches Long / 2-3 inches round. For Pickling it is best to harvest these cucumbers before they reach their full potential size. It leaves you with pickles the right size for your jars, as well as coaxes the plant to produce more.

Full Sun

Optimal Temperature post germination 70 - 90 F.

This plant is not drought tolerant and needs frequent watering.

Average Yields

For Direct seeding daytime temps should be above 70 but not much higher than 85 F. Sow at least a week following the last frost. You may need to thin out some of the weaker plants as they begin to develop.

Plant cucumber seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep and thin the seedlings to one plant every 12 inches in the row or to three cucumber plants every 36 inches in the hill system.

Plant cucumber transplants 1 to 2 feet apart in rows 5 to 6 feet apart when they have two to four true leaves

This is a hybrid plant that seeds are either sterile or will not produce plants true to the variety.

For greenhouse or Hydroponic Cucumbers it is best to prune to one central leader on each trellis.


1...." 'Polaris', which is still popular today. Genes for resistance to additional diseases were identified and combined, culminating in the development of 'Sumter', with resistance to seven diseases, and Wisconsin 2757 (17), resistant to nine diseases - CMV, scab, anthracnose, downy mildew, powdery mildew, bacterial wilt (Erwinia tracheiphila (E. F. Smith) Holland), angular leaf spot (Pseudomonas lachrymans (E.F. Smith and Bryan) Carsner, target leaf spot (Corynespora cassiicola (Berk, & Curt.) Wei), and Fusarium wilt " -A Brief History of the Development of Cucumber Cultivars in the U.S.

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